Heavy rains down trees, flood roads across W. MI

A flooded road and downed trees near Indian Lake in Howard City Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Brenda Wade Gartzke via ReportIt)

A flooded road and downed trees near Indian Lake in Howard City Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Brenda Wade Gartzke via ReportIt)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Heavy rains across West Michigan flooded roads and downed trees, leaving hundreds without power Wednesday.

The heaviest rain fell between I-96 to US-10 where most areas received 2-5 inches.

There were a couple thousand power outages across the state Wednesday morning, the Consumers Energy outage map — the majority in Muskegon County where some of the heaviest rain fell — but power was restored for nearly everyone by the afternoon.

People are reminded to stay away from downed power lines. If you see one, call 911 and then Consumers at 800.477.5050. Drivers are also reminded to be alert to Consumers crews working along roads.

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The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Muskegon River near Croton in Newaygo County until Thursday afternoon. Only minor flooding is forecast. Despite the flow six times greater than average, the Grand River is expected to remain below flood stage.

A Flood Watch was also issued through Wednesday evening for Allegan, Barry, Ionia and Gratiot counties to the north.

The rain did lead to some street closures in Kent and other counties as of because of water over the road.

Kent County (as of Thursday afternoon):

  • Reeds Lake Blvd between Manhattan and Reeds Lake Blvd.
  • Peach Ridge between 8 Mile Rd and 9 Mile Rd.
  • 18 Mile Rd between Simmons and White Creek Ave.
  • Sorensen from 22 Mile Rd to Sprague.
  • Ashley between 4 Mile Rd and 5 Mile Rd.
  • Ashley between 5 Mile Rd and 6 Mile Rd.
  • Division Ave between 11 Mile Rd and Fonger.
  • Summit between 12 Mile Rd and 13 Mile Rd.
  • Friske between 12 Mile Rd and 13 Mile Rd.
  • Ashley between M-44 and 7 Mile Rd.
  • Rooksby between Harvard and Keller.

Ionia County:

  • Jefferson between Haysmer and Charles.
  • Nickleplate between Stage and Westbrook.
  • Olmstead between Nickleplate and Shaffer.
  • Bliss Road between Peck Lake and Grand River.
  • Kiddville Rd between Orleans and Flannigan.
  • Kiddville Rd between Orleans and Canfield.
  • Judevine Rd between Borden and the Palo village limits.

Newaygo County:

  • Luce Ave. between 24th St. and 32nd St.
  • 112th St. between Dickinson Ave. and Fitzgerald Ave.
  • VanBuren Ave. east of Spruce Ave.
  • Buchanan between Walnut and Oak
  • Hayes between Willow and Walnut

>>Inside woodtv.com: Current traffic conditions

Drivers are advised to obey all traffic barricades and do not move any road closure barricades. Drivers who do see water covering the roadway are advised to “turn around, don’t drown.”

More rain is in the forecast but the heaviest is expected to fall further south in areas that have not been inundated with torrential rain.

Finally, a drier weather pattern will arrive Friday that should take us into the middle of October. This is reflected within the 8 Day Forecast and 8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook.


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